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“Tools of the Trade” Virtual Tour
May 20
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“Tools of the Trade” Virtual Tour


Click. Clack. Ding! Let’s talk typewriters.

Join the American Writers Museum’s Director of Operations and resident typewriter expert, Christopher Burrow on a virtual tour of our special exhibit Tools of the Trade. Go behind the glass with Christopher and learn more about the tools used to craft some of your favorite American literature, from Frederick Douglass’s inkwell to Maya Angelou’s typer to Helen Keller’s braille writer and more.

Then Christopher will take out some of his favorite typewriters from his own collection, talk about them, show you how they work, and field some questions. If you’ve never seen a typewriter in action before or want to take a trip down memory lane, then this is the tour for you. Kids love typewriters too! Watch the magic in your family’s eyes as they hear the click-clack of the machine while you tell them how hard you had it back in the day.

Get your paper loaded, we’ll see you here on YouTube Live on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:00 pm Central.


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